World Series of Rock 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine November 2019 We couldn’t believe it, but my sister and I had finally secured a gig at Madison Square Garden. Years of music business drudgery and beaten down dreams had come to this. On the day,…

Intestinal Fortitude 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine October 2019 No matter which musical level we’re on, it takes an inner strength beyond our talent and years of practiced skill to get through a show. No matter what our problems and distractions are, if…

Got ‘Em!” 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine September 2019 At live performances, it only takes one person to start paying attention, then it spreads, like a really cool virus seeping into everybody’s beers throughout the club. And if that one person who…

Bad Rep 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine August 2019 When Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” came on the radio the other day, I pondered things. Not only is it a kick-a** song, but the message is clear: She don’t care one iota about her…

Too Loud 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine July 2019 You can hear it in the distance over the din of the never sleeping highway. It floats over the trees and across the fields. It comes in and out, but you know…

3-2-1 Draw! 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine May 2019 There’s a dreaded question in the cybersphere from venue owners and booking contacts that we band leaders are posed from time to time and, every time, it makes my skin crawl, my blood boil,…

Conundrum 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine April 2019 For those following along, we’ve been discussing here why musicians do what they do, even at the age of 80 and beyond.  Thank you all for your insights and personal reasons for continuing the…

What’s in a Name 

originally published in Sound Waves Magazine February 2019 Every morning when I wake up, before clapping my hands together and jumping out, I lay in bed and think about things…things I have to do that day, things I don’t want to do…